Feb. 28, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- A Louisiana woman received the shock of a lifetime today when she was surprised by America's most welcome drop-in guests.
Mrs. Elise Gutierrez, was paid a surprise visit Thursday by the Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol who named her the winner of the company's $1,000,000.00 SuperPrize.
Mrs. Gutierrez, 62, was unprepared for the Prize Patrol's arrival -- with a giant prize certificate and bouquets of roses and balloons. The unannounced, videotaped surprise notification of the winner is a Publishers Clearing House tradition. Her name was also televised nationally in a commercial seen on Friday's
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
, and her "winning moment" was immediately featured at
Mrs. Gutierrez, a mother of two children, is a retired medical assistant, and said the first thing she would do with the money would be to "put it in the bank." The home of Mrs. Gutierrez was severely damaged six months ago from Hurricane Isaac, and the family only recently returned to occupy it.
Mrs. Gutierrez is the 67th Publishers Clearing House winner of
one million dollars
or more, joining a roster of other SuperPrize winners including
. This SuperPrize brings the total awarded in the company's sweepstakes to well over
-- in major prizes alone.
"No matter how many winners we surprise or how much money we give away, it's a thrill for us every single time," said
– who heads the Prize Patrol and who has presented virtually every major Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes prize since 1981.
For those who didn't have Mrs. Gutierrez 's luck this time around, there are always more opportunities to win. The company faithfully awards prizes worth millions of dollars annually. Consumers can enter the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes by responding to company mailings or by visiting the company's website:
Publishers Clearing House, a direct marketer of magazine subscriptions and merchandise, was founded in
Port Washington, NY
in 1953. Its name has become synonymous with the sweepstakes and prizes it has used since 1967 to draw attention to the "unbeatable" deals and values offered in its colorful mailings. Nearly half of the Publishers Clearing House profits are donated to charitable causes ranging from social services to the environment. For more information, visit
SOURCE Publishers Clearing House